Cover Photo: Fenty Beauty

The ultimate prep essentials for your skin

Primers have a bad rep since there are some people who think they are useless. But they are wrong. Primers are beneficial in many ways, including banishing enlarged pores, blemishes, and shiny T-zones.

In fact, the best way to create a smooth and silky canvas is to use a good primer before putting on foundation. Here are 8 best primers that seal the deal in creating the perfect complexion and keeping your make-up intact the whole day. 

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The Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base is composed of witch hazel extract to reduce the appearance of pores, silica and mica powders for a matte complexion, and liquorice extract to even out skin's texture. Beloved by make-up artists worldwide, it leaves your skin soft throughout the day with its moisturising complex. 

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The oil-free and mineral-free Photo Finish Foundation Primer is packed with antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and peptides, to protect skin from environmental pollutants and stressors. The award-winning gel primer also blur fine lines, fill pores and create a smooth base for your make-up. 

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YSL Beauty

The Touche Eclat Blur Primer is filled with various essential oils such as passiflora edulis oil or known as maracuja oil to combat dry skin. The primer has a transparent gel to create the perfect glow while also reducing visible pores, boosting skin luminosity and smoothing skin's texture. 

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Tarte Cosmetics

Powered by power-packed ingredients the Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer is fortified with Vitamin E, a natural preservative that acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient, Vitamin C that helps brighten up skin as well as combat premature ageing, and green bean extract to minimise wrinkles and the appearance of pores. Soothing and softening, it is a great base for your foundation. 


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Benefit Cosmetics

The POREfessional Primer is a lightweight balm that has a translucent formula packed Vitamin E to reduce fine lines and pores. Suitable for all skin tones, the primer leaves the skin feeling silky and fresh. 

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Fenty Beauty

Created by pop diva Rihanna, Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer is 100% cruelty free. The primer absorbs shine without leaving the skin feeling chalky and dry, and has a long-wear element with an instant retouch effect. 

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Becca Cosmetics

Infused with finely-milled luminescent pearls, the Backlight Priming Filter is a luminous primer that photo-filters skin imperfections with backlighting technology that acts as an instant filter. This primer helps you to achieve a glow-from-within, healthy-looking effect.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty

Inspired by Marc's love of coconut water, he created the Under (Cover) Perfecting Coconut Primer. The primer is enriched with five forms of concentrated coconut extracts such as coconut water, juice and pulp to form a natural, vitamin-rich barrier between the skin and make-up. The coconut water-derived polysaccharide complex allows the skin to breathe throughout the day, helps make-up stay on longer and makes you look more youthful.